Pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has peaked as Manchester United fall to a 0-2 defeat to Manchester City.
The visitors took an early lead thanks to a convenient own goal from Eric Bailly after which things were smooth sailing for them. Bernardo Silva doubled City’s advantage on the cusp of half-time. Though the score-line was unchanged at the final whistle, Pep Guardiola’s side remained dominant in every way possible.
On the other hand, the Red Devils were shockingly poor. Let’s take a look at how exactly each of them fared:
David De Gea – 7
Probably the only United player who can hold his head high after that outing. Made crucial saves and made sure to limit the potential damage the opposition could have caused.
Aaron Wan Bissaka – 2.5
One of the worst players on the pitch. Positionally woeful and allowed Joao Cancelo to have his way on his flank.
Eric Bailly – 2.5
Scored an own goal and embarrassed himself throughout the first half and had to be replaced at half-time.
Victor Lindelof – 5
Lindelof did not have a decent outing but compared to his teammates, he was in control.
Harry Maguire – 4
The Cityzens ran rings around the England international as if he was too easy of an opponent. Not very telling of the most expensive defender in football history.
Luke Shaw – 4
Largely at fault for the second goal and could not last the full 90. It’s almost as if Shaw regressed back to his days under Jose Mourinho.
Scott McTominay – 4
Was up against top quality midfielders and failed to keep up with his slow decision-making.
Fred – 4
Very similar to McTominay’s performance – he was simply outclassed by better midfielders. Cheered off by sarcastic fans during his substitution.
Bruno Fernandes – 4
Probably his worst performance of the season so far. Wasteful in possession and a ghost off the ball.
Mason Greenwood – 4.5
Tried his best but looked clueless at times and failed to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo, yet again.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5.5
Average performance from the veteran but largely due to the inadequacy of the players in supporting roles.
Jadon Sancho – 5
Brought in after the break to change the game but Kyle Walker was unfazed.
Marcus Rashford – 5
Alex Telles – 4.5
Replaced Shaw but didn’t perform any better.
Donny van de Beek – 6
Seemed bright but came on too late to make any impact.
A win against Tottenham Hotspur may have saved his job, but Solskjaer shouldn’t get comfortable just yet.